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10/03/2021 14:09 GMT

Meghan Markle Reportedly Complained To ITV About Piers Morgan Prior To GMB Exit

The Duchess is said to have been concerned about how the former GMB host's comments would affect others struggling.

Meghan Markle formally complained to ITV about Piers Morgan before he exited Good Morning Britain, according to multiple reports.

The PA news agency reports that someone lodged the grievance with the broadcaster on the Duchess’ behalf, following controversial comments he made about her live on air following her US TV interview with Oprah Winfrey

PA understands that Meghan’s concern was not about the personal attacks on the validity of her racism allegation made against a member of the royal family, or her claims she was not supported by the institution when experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Instead, the complaint is said to focus on how Piers’ comments may affect the issue of mental health generally and those attempting to deal with their own problems.

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Piers Morgan has left Good Morning Britain

The claims were also independently reported by the Guardian and the Telegraph when it was revealed over 41,000 people had complained to TV watchdog Ofcom over Piers’ remarks, with the story also featuring on ITV’s own lunchtime news bulletin on Wednesday.   

ITV declined to comment when contacted by HuffPost UK. 

The broadcaster confirmed the divisive presenter had left its flagship breakfast show on Tuesday, after he cast doubt on Meghan’s revelation during her interview that she had experienced suicidal thoughts after joining the Royal Family.

Telling Oprah of how there was a time where she “didn’t want to be alive anymore”, Megan continued: “I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. And I said that I’d never felt this way before. I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, because it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

On the following morning’s edition of GMB, Piers said: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says.”

While co-host Susanna Reid shared her shock at Piers’ lack of sympathy, he continued: “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report, and the fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our royal family, I think is contemptible.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during their interview with Oprah Winfrey

Piers had previously been criticised  by mental health charity Mind, who work with ITV on its Britain Get Talking initiative. 

Ofcom is now investigating whether Good Morning Britain broke broadcasting rules it has for harm and offence by airing Piers’ comments. 

Since leaving the programme, he has doubled down on his remarks in a tweet, writing: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. 

“Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”

He also insisted his exit from GMB was “amicable” and that he and ITV bosses “agreed to disagree”

On Wednesday, Piers’ GMB co-host Susanna Reid said the show “will go on” in his absence

Useful websites and helplines

Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).

CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.

The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email help@themix.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.